Tittererer’s Digest #20 (feat. Newzoids)

Greetings chums, and welcome to the twentieth Tittererer’s Digest. As we civilised folk tend to do, let’s take a moment to pause and acknowledge that nice round number as if it were a meaningful achievement. … … … … … Ah, so very round. Lovely. So to those of you who have read all twenty editions of the column, thank you. In fact, here at Headstuff we like to keep a very close eye on what our readers are doing (both on and offline), and we’ve noted the names, addresses and darkest fears of the TD 100% Club.  A €15 gift certificate will be buried in your garden before the end of the week. Enjoy!

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Hilary Clinton announced yesterday that she will indeed be running for president of the United States next year. It begins 18 months of primaries, campaigning, debating and exhaustive coverage. It also means that Saturday Night Live’s lampooning of the prospective candidates will soon click into gear. It’s often some of the funniest stuff they do, so I can’t wait. In fact, they’ve already begun – kicking things off on Saturday with this excellent Hilary Cold Open. With Amy Poehler no longer part of the cast, Kate McKinnon will take on Hilary duties for this campaign. No better woman…

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Honourable mention to Nerdist’s Chewbacca/Louis CK mash up.

On TV This Week                                                                                                                    

It’s been nearly 20 years since Spitting Image was last on our screens – mercilessly ripping the proverbial piss out of Margaret Thatcher, Paul Gascoigne, Mick Jagger and the rest of the establishment du jour. This week however, Newzoids makes a bid to become its rightful heir. The likes of Ant & Dec, Harry Styles and Ed Miliband are among the targets in the show’s crosshair. Impressionists Debra Stephenson and Jon Culshaw feature, while Irishman George Kane takes on some of the directorial duties. Well worth checking out…

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Newzoids, Wednesday April 15th, 9pm, ITV.

Any Other Business                                                                                                                 

– ‘Showrunner’ is a fairly recent addition to the lexicon of words I know. I suspect that’s probably the same for many of you. We don’t really have them as such on this side of the Atlantic, but anyone with even a passing interest in American television will probably have heard the term a few times. Sidesplitter spoke to Ben Wexler (Community, Arrested Development) this week about the oft mentioned but seldom understood role. [Read More Here]

– It was all set to be one of the televisual highlights of the week – however, recently deposed TV tyrant Jeremy Clarkson has decided against his planned appearance as this week’s guest host of Have I Got News For You. Clarkson had been slated to host the satirical news quiz long before he punched his producer and subsequently got dumped by the Beeb, but he’s apparently decided it best to keep the head down for a bit. [Read More Here]

That’s your lot for this week. I’m off to root through your search history and file away a few useful tit-bits for a rainy day.